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Common Read Program

For the 2016-17 academic year, University Success 1001 and the First-Year Writing Program are thrilled to announce the Common Read Selection: Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. This program was developed as a way to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience, while also building community and offering opportunities to connect both on and off-campus.

Aunt Alice vs. Bob MarleyEnrique's Journey

Enrique's Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Nazario's Pulitzer Prize winning work puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about an essential American story.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. During the semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead in campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book. Incoming students will receive a free copy of Enrique's Journey during the first week of school, and should begin reading. The book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.